Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
Edb. 1894 P. H. Hunter J. Inwick 33:
Süne he was as chief as ye like wi' some o' them that had been ca'in him for a'thing. Rxb. 1897 J. C. Dibdin Sc. Border Life 57:
That awthing that awbody had dune would be read ower tae them oot o' a muckle buik.
2. Special use. A call used in playing the game of “bools” or marbles.
Mry.(D) 1897 J. Mackinnon Braefoot Sketches (1908) 105:
Fain everything, fain a'thing, fain upsies an' fain doonsies. ne.Abd. 1905 W.M. in E.D.D. Suppl.:
If one wishes to have every advantage in this play, he shouts “a'thing”; then he may demand the removal of an obstacle, i.e. “clearances,” or he may shift to a better position at the same distance, etc., etc. To deprive an opponent of these advantages one has to shout “naething.”
3. Comb.: Johnnie (etc.) A'thing (see quot.).
Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B. 43:
J — ie (etc.) A'thing (or A'things), one who keeps a general store.
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